Analysis of ⁸⁵Kr: a comparison at the 10-14 level using micro-liter samples

Yang, G.-M.; Cheng, C. F.; Jiang, W.; Lu, Z.-T.; Purtschert, Roland; Sun, Y.-R.; Tu, L.-Y.; Hu, S.-M. (2013). Analysis of ⁸⁵Kr: a comparison at the 10-14 level using micro-liter samples. Scientific Reports, 3(1) Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/srep01596

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The isotopic abundance of 85Kr in the atmosphere, currently at the level of 10−11, has increased by orders of magnitude since the dawn of nuclear age. With a half-life of 10.76 years, 85Kr is of great interest as tracers for environmental samples such as air, groundwater and ice. Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) is an emerging method for the analysis of rare krypton isotopes at isotopic abundance levels as low as 10−14 using krypton gas samples of a few micro-liters. Both the reliability and reproducibility of the method are examined in the present study by an inter-comparison among different instruments. The 85Kr/Kr ratios of 12 samples, in the range of 10−13 to 10−10, are measured independently in three laboratories: a low-level counting laboratory in Bern, Switzerland, and two ATTA laboratories, one in Hefei, China, and another in Argonne, USA. The results are in agreement at the precision level of 5%.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Purtschert, Roland

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

2045-2322

Publisher:

Nature Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Rätz

Date Deposited:

15 Sep 2014 10:39

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2017 01:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/srep01596

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47738

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47738

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